How do I keep rodents out of my pile?
Do not add meat or bones, dairy, oils, peanut butter, sauces or salad dressings, to your compost pile.

A pile that is too dry and not turned very often can make an attractive nesting place for mice. If you see a mouse, try making your pile wetter and turn it every day for a week to discourage nesting.

Mice and rats love to live in thickets of plants that never get disturbed and that provide year-round shelter. Do not place your compost bin in an area overrun with ivy or similar brush.

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1. Why does my compost smell bad? How do I fix it?
2. Why is my pile taking forever to compost?
3. How do I keep rodents out of my pile?
4. How do I avoid bears in my pile?
5. Bears have already been in my compost, how do I make them go away?
6. Are flies in my compost pile good or bad?
7. Is it okay to put diseased plants, invasive weeds or weed seeds in my compost pile?
8. How can I compost weed seeds, diseased plants and invasive weeds with rhizomatous root systems?
9. Can I make a fertilizer out of weeds?
10. How do I know when the compost is finished?
11. Can I add grass or plants that have been treated with herbicides or pesticides to my pile?
12. What kind of animal manure is good for composting?
13. Why do my eggshells take forever to compost?
14. How do I compost my food scraps during the winter when my pile is frozen solid?